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Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA 23508-0369)
Michele C. Weigle (Project Director: October 2012 to April 2015)

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Digital Humanities

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$57,892 (approved)
$57,891 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 12/31/2014

Archive What I See Now

The development of an open-source tool that would allow web browsers to digitally archive a web page or series of pages as they appear at a particular point in time, using as case studies web resources that address humanities themes such as religious history and political dialog.

The web has become a repository for much of our social culture. Thus, humanities scholars have recognized the need for archiving web objects to support their research. We propose to build an open-source tool to support this personal-scale web archiving. We will build a Firefox add-on to create an archive of a web page or web site from the perspective of the browser. This means that web pages requiring authentication, pages on social media sites, and pages displayed after some user interaction can all be archived in the standard Web ARChive (WARC) format. This tool will provide easy access to web archiving and give users the ability to "archive what I see now." The tool will also allow users to upload generated WARC files to a specified server for later access. With this tool, collaborating scholars could upload their WARCs to a common server to create special-purpose collections of various topics. These collections could then be accessed by standard web archive tools.